Illinois News

Proposed hog confinement killed after rural neighbors speak out                                     Chicago Tribune                                                                                                               January 24, 2017                                                                                                              By Gary Marx and David Jackson

Proposed hog farm in Fulton County causing an uproar
January 18, 2017
By Trish Christakes
Member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors resigns from his position due to the organization’s stance on CAFOs and the local conflict over the development of a 20,000-head hog facility.  “He lives less than a mile from the potential site, in his resignation letter he says: ‘I simply cannot continue to offer my time and resources to an organization which supports the installation of these CAFOs without regard to the effect on residences and family farms to which so many people have devoted their time and constant attention, some for generations.’”

Plan for 20,000-hog facility sparks revolt in western Illinois
Chicago Tribune
December 28, 2016
By David Jackson and Gary Marx

New animal abuse allegations surface at Illinois hog confinement
Chicago Tribune
December 28, 2016
By David Jackson and Gary Marx

Editorial: ‘The price of pork’ in Illinois: Poisoned creeks yet limited regulation
Chicago Tribune
August 11, 2016
By Editorial Board

Illinois contract pig farmer: Work is low-paying, physically punishing
Chicago Tribune
August 8, 2016
By David Jackson and Gary Marx

Spills of pig waste kill hundreds of thousands of fish in Illinois
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2016
By David Jackson and Gary Marx

Whipped, kicked, beaten: Illinois workers describe abuse of hogs                                    
Chicago Tribune
August 4, 2016                                                                                                                  By David Jackson and Gary Marx

Illinois road commissioner took on hog industry and won – for a brief time
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2016                                                                                                                  By Gary Marx and David Jackson

The Price of Pork:Cheap meat comes at high cost in Illinois                                               Chicago Tribune                                                                                                           August 3, 2016                                                                                                                   By David Jackson

Menard County hog farm gets construction approval
State Journal Register
                                                                                                          April 17, 2015
By Tim Landis
                                                                                                                 The Illinois Department of Agriculture has given approval of a controversial hog facility despite the fact that the Menard county board voted it down based health, economic and environmental concerns. Menard County Citizens for Clean Air and Water released a statement expressing disappointment in the Illinois  Department of Agriculture. Many local organizations, hundreds of residents and the Menard County Board went on record opposing the operations. The group says that this is yet another example of how citizens of Illinois are overruled by unelected state agency personnel, and bad state law that puts profit-seeking interests of LLC corporations ahead of their own citizens and communities.

Stinkin Up New Salem                                                                                                    The Mike Nowak Show                                                                                                         April 15, 2015
                                                                                                               Illinois EPA fails to complete a comprehensive list of Illinois CAFOS. Menard County Citizens fight a proposed hog CAFO near Lincolns New Salem. Hear Karen Hudson of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water talk about how factory farming affects Illinois Citizen

Menard County Board says ‘No’ to hog farm                                                                       Illinois Times                                                                                                          February 2015
                                                                                                                  By Patrick Eagle
The decision came after a contentious 8 hour public meeting regarding the controversial 9,300 head swine CAFO. The opponents in the community cited public health and a negative tourism impact among reasons for deep concern.

Crowd packs meeting on proposed Menard County hog farm
State Journal Register
February 19, 2015
By Jason Nevel
More than 150 people jammed into the visitor center at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site for an informational meeting about a controversial 9,300 head hog farm proposed  near New Salem Illinois. The large scale facility has faced monumental resistance from a coalitionof residents who claim it will tarnish years of efforts to promote the county’s history, tourism and lifestyle.

Basu: Mistreatment at animal research center reveals larger issues
The Daily Northwestern
February 18, 2015
By Pia Basu
After a recent article uncovering animal mistreatment at a Federal
animal research center, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep.
Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), wrote and introduced legislation called The Aware Act.

State-of-art big rig wash coming to town
State Journal Courier
February 06. 2015
By Kathleen Clark
A new big rig truck wash is being constructed by The Maschoffs to
mitigate the spread of a deadly porcine virus spreading among swine
across the country.The wash will also bake and dry the big rigs in an effort
to protect the swine industry, (not humans). KH

Crowd packs meeting on proposed Menard County hog farm                                         The State Journal Register                                                                                             February 19, 2015                                                                                                               By Jason Nevel

Odors from hog plants prompt health research, questions about regulation                         The Journal Star                                                                                                      February 16, 2015                                                                                                                By Leslie Renken

Concern about Big Sandy Creek drives group in its protest of hog farm                           The Journal Star                                                                                                       February 15, 2015                                                                                                            By Leslie Renken

Hog farm plans become a divisive issue in Marshall County                                             The Journal Star                                                                                                       February 14, 2015                                                                                                            By Leslie Renken

Menard County hog farm on temporary hold                                                                    The State Journal Register                                                                                         January 13, 2015                                                                                                                By Tim Landis and Maggie Menderski                                                                                 A proposal for a large Maschoff LLC factory swine facility are on hold after the operators failed to meet public notice requirements.  A coalition of concerned residents opposed to the hog-containment facility say it is a threat to local tourism and historic sites has organized a campaign to block the project.